That can be a real challenge depending on how wet the wood is and the species of wood. If this is oak, it is not going to dry out quickly. You could split it in half and bring some in the house in big totes and let it sit for a few weeks. But if the wood is essentially green then it's may take a year or two to dry. If it is >30% moisture content then I wouldn't mix it. The best thing to do in that case is to leave the wood stacked off the ground and top covered, and buy some known dry wood if true kiln dried wood is available. If not, consider buying high-quality, compressed sawdust logs or bricks.Had some dry kindling. It went up beautifully. No issues with the door open or closed. But my wood must be wet. After everything else went up. The larger logs just smoldered red and really didn't catch on. They eventually burned to Ash. But that's it.
So my question is, what do I do? How do I dry out the wood that I have?
You should really stay right there, any time you have the door open. The load can dry out a bit more and really take off in a short period of time. You can overfire and damage your stove if you are not right there to catch when the load takes off.Left the door open for about 30 minutes.
Pull out the high moisture wood and set it aside for next year. Trying to burn it is an exercise in futility and a creosote maker. You can tell if it is really wet by weight. When in doubt, bang two splits together. If you get a musical note, it is dry. If one or both go thud, it is wet.The bad news is, the wood I have is all over the place. Some 13% moisture. Some as high as 48%
My wife runs the stove with partial loads, maybe about 1/2 full. She is more comfortable with a smaller load and that's fine. I'm glad she runs the stove when I am away.Ok. I'll let her know.
She does not pack a lot of wood in the firebox. She thinks it won't have enough air. I'll get her to pack more in. There is always a lot of extra room
That's the thing with trying to burn wet wood; You burn it all up but get no heat. Better to stack it and wait, and used the compressed wood bricks for now.having trouble getting the temp to go over 300°f. It really isn't heating up the house. Or even the room. We get the fire going, turn the air down a little. And continues to feed it more and more wood. But the temp never goes up.
No such thing as bad wood. Even pine. (But lets not go there)Also the wood isn't the best. I know that. But I have a chord of it and am not going to throw it all away
We were all new at this once. One step at a time.Ya I'm hoping I can find some dry wood for this seasons and start getting wood for the next season and the one after. Keep a few years out.
Need to buy or make a wood shed.
I wish I had known I needed to get wood three years ago for a stove I didn't own and a house I didn't own
That is radiant heat, but with the door open gobs of air are flooding in and actually cooling down the firebox. With the door closed, once the fire is going strong and the blower is going, there is a lot more convective heat.Also... Is it wrong that I get so much more heat from the c550 when I open the door to feed it. Like the temp in the room goes up a good amount when I open the door. When the door is closed I just get a little heat from the unit.
Included firebox shots in this thread.I try east west. She likes north south.
Also I'm going to have to build a wood shed. Leave this current wood for next season and order some dry stuff this season. We are getting much better at having the fire run for a while and not have issues. But currently we are not getting enough heat from the unit. But it's all trial and error.
Can anyone show me pictures of a full unit? I'd love to show my wife so she knows you can put more in.